The Australian supermare that is Black Caviar took her unbeaten record to 24 when running out an easy winner of her 14th Group 1 contest in Moonee Valley’s Hacer Group Williams Reid Stakes on Friday evening, equalling the achievement of another legend in Kingston Town. The sell-out 25,000 plus crowd were treated to an exhibition performance from the Peter Moody-trained mare and with the 7 year-old in such brilliant form speculation is now rife regarding another visit to Royal Ascot, where the 5f King’s Stand Stakes would be the likely target.
Nick Smith, Ascot’s head of PR, is understandaby excited at the prospect of the horse that the Australian public have taken to their hearts, following up her victory in last year’s Diamond Jubilee Stakes, saying: ” My understanding is that Royal Ascot has never been off the agenda. The fact that today Neil Werrett, one of the owners, was actively discussing Royal Ascot on television is a real positive. I’m not overly pushing it because they know what the event is about and they had a life-changing experience when they came over here. The ball is in their court and there’s little more we can proactively do.
” I’d imagine there would be in-depth discussion in the next few weeks. We hope the cards fall our way, which I think would be the most popular decision, even with Australian racegoers, as I think they’d like to see her show what she can really do before she bows out.”
The deadline for Group 1 entries at Royal Ascot is on 23rd April which comes ten days after Black Caviar’s next intended outing in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes over 6f at Randwick. How the great mare performs in that race is likely to determine whether connections stay at home or take the bull by the horns and give the British horseracing enthusiast another chance to see this equine phenomenon